Museum’s half-term line-up

RIPON Workhouse Museum is holding a series of activities as part of its Shadows of the City event taking place during the half-term holiday.

Among the fun activities for the whole family will be will be a shadow puppet workshop, a magic lantern show, an archaeology session and a spooky tour of the museum by candlelight.

Also, students from Evolve – a programme to help 16 to 18-year-olds who are not in mainstream education – have taken inspiration from the building’s past and created sculptures that express their reaction to the building.

Figures will be placed in and around the former vagrants’ block to give visitors an illustration of life for the Victorian poor of Ripon. They will also be specially lit for a ‘Workhouse by Night’ tour to create an eerie, ghostly effect.

Evolve student Beccy Ashmead said: “We have been volunteering time to create an art installation inspired by the workhouse and the people who once lived there.

“It represents life in the workhouse and is an expression of the poor people seeking relief from their destitute state.”

The activities lined up for next week are:

• Tuesday, October 25: drop-in ‘sticky tape sculpture’ workshop, 10.30am-noon and 1-3pm.

• Wednesday: Living history and shadow puppet making drop-in workshop, 2-4pm.

• Thursday: Magic lantern show, 2-3pm; magic lantern show and tour of the museum by candlelight, 6-8pm.

• Friday: ‘Archaeology is Rubbish!’ – what can history detectives tell from the rubbish we leave behind? 2-4pm.

Charges apply to all events. For further details or to book a place at the evening event, telephone 01765 690799.